Friday, August 26, 2016

Audiobook Review - The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison @BurningBunnies @TantorAudio

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison 
Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
Series: The Hollows #2
Tantor Audio (Audio)
Publication Date: December 10, 2007
Date Read:  August 4, 2016
Source: Purchased - Audible
Length: 14 hours 22 minutes

Rachel Morgan, sexy witch, independent bounty hunter, prowls the downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night. She can handle leather-clad vamps and a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is an ancient, implacable evil that threatens her very soul.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

This was such a fun audiobook!  Years ago, I read the first several books in this series but never went any further for some reason.  I meant to but I guess I got distracted by other shiny books or something.  Since I knew I need a refresher before moving on with the series, I thought that a re-read would be a perfect choice.  I am almost positive that I liked it even better this time around.

This book starts with a bang.  Rachel and Jenks are in the middle of a run....and things don't go as smoothly as they would have hoped.  One thing leads to another and before you know it Rachel is in the middle of a much bigger case and has a new human sidekick to go with the gig.  This book really has a lot packed into it with a pretty compelling mystery at the heart of the story.  There are a lot of side plots that also keep the story moving.

I love the characters.  Rachel is just all kinds of awesome.  I like she handles herself in really difficult situations.  She keeps an even head and can think about things from different points of view.  She also tries hard to do what is right.  Jenks is nearly perfect.  He is tough and always seems to add a lot to every scene he is a part of.  Ivy is still a bit of a mystery but I like the tension she adds to story.

Marguerite Gavin is the perfect choice for narrator with this series.  She is somehow able to capture each of the different characters in this book flawlessly.  Each character's voice was unique and fit their personality.  I was able to stay completely focused on the story and had a hard time setting it aside to do anything else.  I think that her narration really made the story come alive.

I would highly recommend this series to fans of urban fiction.  I do think that this is a series that really should be read in order since some of the story builds on previous books.  I can't wait to move on to the next book in the series. 

About the Author
photo by Myra Klarman Photography
Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive.  After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow.  She's currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles and a Hollows prequel, and when not at her desk, Kim is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home or in the garden.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

3 comments:

  1. I love when a book drops you in the middle of a chase. Action right off the bat. :)

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  2. These do sound good and I'm glad you're able to get back into the series. I still need to start them for the first time. :)

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  3. I still haven't read a Kim Harrison book! Eventually, I'll borrow the first one from the library and go from there.

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